Besides learning about new PADI® programs and initiatives, by attending PADI Miniseminars at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, USA, you can earn seminar credit toward regaining Teaching status or higher PADI Instructor ratings. Attendance validation is required for credit and forms will be available at the seminars.
Mastering PADI’s Paperless Registration Process (required for credit)
Learn about changes to the PADI Online Processing Center and how digital forms and My PADI ClubTM will integrate seamlessly into the student diver registration process. Also gain insight into the new padi.com and get a sneak peek at new download options for the Open Water Diver Certification Pak.
Wednesday, 1 November – 3:00-4:00 PM – S220A/B
Thursday, 2 November – 1:00-2:00 PM – S220A/B
Friday, 3 November – 3:00-4:00 PM – S220C
Risk Management 2017: Protect Your Divers and Yourself (required for credit)
Are you prepared in your ongoing efforts to avoid dive accidents? Determine how prepared you are through an analysis of real dive incidents and learn how conservative decisions provide better protection. You’ll also learn how to better manage risk in diver education programs and throughout your dive business.
Wednesday, 1 November – 10:00-11:00 AM– S220A/B
Thursday, 2 November – 11:00 AM-12:00 PM– S220A/B
Friday, 3 November – 11:00 AM-12:00 PM– S220A/B
CDTC Q&A: What It Takes to Become a PADI Course Director
PADI Course Director is the ultimate PADI Professional rating. Attend this miniseminar to learn how you can reach this goal and about the prerequisites, application procedures and acceptance protocols for the Course Director Training Course.
Wednesday, 1 November – 2:00-3:00 PM- S220C
Thursday, 2 November – 2:00-3:00 PM -S220A/B
PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty Program
Learn about PADI’s newest specialty course designed to enhance your teaching and supervision techniques to meet the needs of all student divers. Emphasis is on techniques for working with divers with disabilities, but can apply to teaching all student divers as a way to personalize their diving experience in the PADI Open Water Diver course and beyond. Learn how making small changes to your courses will make a big impact on each diver’s scuba journey.
Wednesday, 1 November – 1:00-2:00 PM- S220A/B
Friday, 3 November – 4:00-5:00 PM- S220C
How to Align your Business with PADI’s Four Pillars of Change
At last year’s PADI Social, Drew Richardson announced PADI’s Four Pillars of Change program supporting Healing and Wellness, People and Community, Marine Animal Protection, and Ocean Health. Learn how each of the pillars can appeal to new markets and diversify course offerings while helping to save our ocean planet.
Thursday, 2 November – 4:00-5:00 PM- S220A/B
Friday, 3 November – 3:00-4:00 PM- S220A/B
Take a Deep Breath and Dive Into Freediving
PADI FreediverTM is gaining momentum and you can only benefit by adding freediving to your course offerings. Find out how you can become a PADI Freediver Center, Instructor or Instructor Trainer and reach a new market segment.
Wednesday, 1 November – 4:00-5:00 PM- S220C
Friday, 3 November – 2:00-3:00 PM- S220A/B
Membership Benefits You’re Not Taking Advantage Of
Are you taking advantage of all the perks that come along with your PADI Membership? Do you know what the Pros’ Site has to offer or that there are programs that reinvest in your marketing efforts? Come find out if you are making the most of your membership and what benefits you may be missing out on.
Wednesday, 1 November – 11:00 AM-12:00 PM- S220C
Thursday, 2 November – 1:00-2:00 PM- S220C
Managing Your Online Presence
With social media and online review sites, it’s easy for consumers to post comments whether they are positive or negative. Learn how to embrace and even leverage reviews on Facebook, Google, TripAdvisor, Yelp and My PADI Club to grow your business.
Thursday, 2 November – 10:00-11:00 AM- S220C
Friday, 3 November – 11:00AM-12:00 PM- S220C
Tips to Increase Diver Conversions
What is your conversion rate from Discover Scuba® Diving to Open Water Diver? Open Water to Advanced Open Water Diver? Learn how to increase your diver conversion rates and how to strategically link courses to increase continuing education certifications.
Wednesday, 1 November – 1:00-2:00 PM- S220C
Friday, 3 November – 4:00-5:00 PM- S220A/B
Leveraging My PADI Club™ to Engage and Grow Your Business
What is My PADI Club? How do you sell it? What’s in it for you? Come learn all about My PADI Club and discover how you can use it to attract new divers and keep current divers engaged.
Wednesday, 1 November – 10:00-11:00 AM- S220C
Thursday, 2 November – 3:00-4:00 PM- S220A/B
New Trends in Social Media to Reach New Divers
You use social media in your current business, but are you using all the tools to reach new divers? Learn how you can use virtual reality, 360 videos, Facebook Live video feed, Facebook eCommerce and Instagram to increase exposure and drive traffic to your business.
Thursday, 2 November – 10:00-11:00 AM- S220A/B
Friday, 3 November – 1:00-2:00 PM- S220A/B
Successful Conversion Tactics for Resorts
Discover new and different ways to increase conversions in resort markets by making small changes to your current efforts.
Wednesday, 1 November – 3:00-4:00 PM- S220C
Friday, 3 November – 2:00-3:00 PM- S220C
Top 10 Customer Service Complaints
When does customer service conflict with PADI Quality Management? We’ll discuss the top complaints that may or may not be Quality Assurance issues but can still create headaches for you. These include failing to provide agreed-to services, failure to disclose details and conditions of a divemaster internship program, and poor maintenance of rental equipment, to name a few.
Wednesday, 1 November – 4:00-5:00 PM- S220A/B
Thursday, 2 November – 3:00-4:00 PM – S220C
Engaging with Chinese Consumers
With more than one in 10 international tourists worldwide from China, it’s no wonder more businesses want to know more about engaging with Chinese consumers. This year alone there were more than 120 million outward-bound journeys from China, of which around half were for leisure. If you wish to cater to the Chinese market, you need to tailor language, products and services. Join us and explore digital marketing strategies for your website and social media channels, as well as ideas and strategies for your business to supercharge your dive operation in the Chinese market now and beyond.
Wednesday, 1 November – 11:00-12:00 PM- S220A/B
Friday, 3 November – 10:00-11:00 AM- S220C
Shark and Ray Tourism: Building a Better Future for Sharks and Rays
One in four shark and ray species faces extinction driven by overfishing. Yet shark- and ray-related tourism is on the rise. Diving and snorkeling can offer powerful and sustainable economic alternatives. Join Project AWARE® for this interactive workshop and discover how you can put best practice at the heart of your business. We’ll share lessons from the field and work together to help create specific guidelines appropriate to your local community. If you want to use tourism to help conserve sharks and rays in your location then this workshop is for you!
Thursday, 2 November – 11:00 AM-12:00 PM- S220C
Friday, 3 November – 1:00-2:00 PM- S220C
PADI Swim School: How to Grow Your Scuba Business
Learn how adding swim lessons to your business not only provides additional income and job opportunity, but also brings new swimmers, divers, families of divers and the community into your business. Whether you have a pool, rent a pool, want a pool or have an ocean available, PADI Swim School is for you!
Thursday, 2 November – 2:00-3:00 PM- S220C
Friday, 3 November 10:00-11:00 AM- S220A/B
EVE Diving Services Will Grow Your Business
Come see how the EVE Complete System can help you overcome the barriers of cost, time and training. This miniseminar will show you all the benefits of EVE including: EVE Splash, integrated website and marketing tools, the new EVE Instructor app, EVE online training and much more.
Wednesday, 1 November – 2:00-3:00 PM- S220A/B
Thursday, 2 November – 4:00-5:00 PM- S220C
Tec Seminars located in the PADI Booth Tec Resource Center
The Devil is in the Details: What Incident Data Tell Us
Excluding those with medical causes, most fatal dive accidents have violations of accepted practices that cause and/or contribute. Building on last year’s popular “The Mathematics of Diver Risk” presentation, this miniseminar dives into the who/what/whens of poor decisions cascading into catastrophic consequences, possible causes and what we can do about them.
Everything You Wanted to Know About Rebreathers But Were Afraid to Ask
Interested in diving a rebreather but don’t know where to start? Attend this informational seminar to learn the difference between eCCRs and mCCRs, back mount and over-the-shoulder counterlungs, radial and axial scrubbers and more.